Huw had some lovely family holidays over the years. Jenny is going to do some memories of holidays soon, and I’m doing one now because during this half term week, Huw, Carys and me went away for each of the last 5 years. Last year we were in Benalmadena in the South of Spain and my Mum [who was known to Huw as Granny] was with us for some of the time. Here he is with Granny and Carys – towering over them – he was so tall even a year ago.
The Hepworth 15s awards night : ‘big’ George Richardson is presented with the “Spirit of Huw Thatcher” award
The Hepworth 15 year olds’ presentation night took place on Sunday 22nd May at Bengal Spice in Holmfirth. The night was organised by James Charlesworth with around 26 players present from both squads. It was a special night which culminated in George being presented with the “Spirit of Huw Thatcher” award.
Congratulations to Town on beating Bournemouth the other night; a great day for the club. So it seems like a good time to look back to 30th September 2006 when Huw was at the Town vs Bournemouth match which ended in a 2-2 draw. Huw was 10 years old and in his last year at Upperthong Junior School. Town, being a great community club, had provided cut price tickets to the junior schools for this match. Huw and I used to go 4 or 5 times a season – usually with Nige and Will Bowers, Russ and Sam Briggs, Al and Joel Birkhead. We loved the football but Huw’s highlights of the trip also included the obligatory hot dog and lots of messing about on the 20 minute walk to the stadium.
Alison Harris: My chidren Max (12) and Ella (10) talked about Huw quite a lot. Playing up at the cricket field they would shout to me “Mum, Mum, there’s Huw!” He always enthusiastically waved and had a smile. When I first talked to Huw I was struck at how polite, happy and lovely he was. He seemed to have the ability to talk to anyone of any age. I only wish I could remember what he said to me that made me laugh so much. He stuck out in the crowd of lads as a really great boy.
On the eve of the 2011 Cup Final, here is a memory of Huw’s day out at Wembley to see Cardiff City play in the 2008 FA Cup Final. Huw and Nick had been to Middlesborough to see Cardiff win the quarter-final, then they had the privilege of seeing their team play at Wembley in the semi final where they beat Barnsley and then the final at Wembley where City were eventually overcome by a strong Portsmouth side.
Daniel and Simon Bateman completed the Sheffield Fun Run on Sunday 8th May. Simon is a colleague of Nick’s at work and his son Daniel is a promising 7 year old footballer with AFC Dronfield. They successfully completed the Fun Run and are donating their £90 sponsorship money to the Huw Thatcher Trust.